Only five times in over 140 years has Derbyshire won a trophy.
There have been times since 1993 – when Derbyshire beat Lancashire at Lord’s to win the Benson and Hedges Cup – when it seemed unlikely that there would ever be another piece of silverware to display at The County Ground.
But during the 2012 season, from the gloom, cold and dampness of early season, through the gloom, cold and dampness of high summer, to the gloom, cold and dampness of the season’s end, Derbyshire’s side played dynamic, positive, courageous and skilful cricket and were deservedly promoted as Champions of the LV= County Championship 2nd division.
As the club photographer for the last 9 seasons, following Derbyshire has been a radical departure from simply watching on the boundary. For 31 seasons I was content to sit on the ring and applaud the good shots, moan at the bad ones and generally enjoy the fellowship of cricket-watching.
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